Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders | Causes & Risk Factors

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What is the cause of somatic symptom and related disorders?

No one knows exactly why symptoms of somatic symptom and related disorders appear. In some cases, there may be a problem with the nerve impulses that send signals of pain, pressure and other unpleasant sensations to the brain. We do know that the pain and problems caused by somatic symptom and related disorder are real, they are not imagined.

Like many medical problems, somatic symptom and related disorders often run in families. They also tend to come and go over time.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 08/15
Created: 07/95

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Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders

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